Enoch Leonard


Enoch Leonard was born about 1755. We seek information on his origins and background. He probably was born in New England.

He served in the Revolutionary army and was commissioned assistant Commissary General in Albany in 1779. He served in the upstate New York supply train and endured its frustrations for a number of years.

In September 1783, he married Maria Van Vechten at the Schaghticoke Dutch church. By 1802, the marriage produced at least six children. Enoch was a member and trustee of the Albany Presbyterian church. Many of his immediate family were buried in the Presbyterian plot.

These Leonards raised their family in a house in Albany's third ward. Some times he was called "Dr. Enoch Leonard." However, we have not yet encountered confirming information.

In 1788, the third ward assessment roll valued his house and lot and real property. In 1790, his third ward household was served by two slaves. A decade later, eight family members and four slaves were members of his household. The assessment roll for 1799 valued his home, store, and personal holdings more substantially.

In April 1790, he was named one of the executors of the will of Bethuel Washburn. In 1794, he was among the worthies who subscribed in support of Union College. In 1797, a list of freeholders identified him as a merchant living in the third ward.

In 1797, he purchased a tract of land in Madison County from the State.

In 1798 and 1799, he was elected to the Albany Common Council as an alderman for the third ward. In 1801, he joined in witnessing the will of a North Albany neighbor.

A list of invitees to a funeral in 1808 referenced "Mr. Leonard's Corner" on Watervliet Street. "Doct'r" Enoch Leonard died in December 1810 at the age of fifty-five. His will passed probate on December 29. His widow lived into her nineties - dying in Lansingburgh at the age of ninety-four.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Enoch Leonard has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We advise caution here as a surprising number of contemporaries shared his name.

first posted: 2/10/09